WDCSA Newsletter – November 2012

November 2012 Newsletter

Stanford vs. Oregon State Game Watch
Saturday, November 10, 2012 3-6:30PM
1823 L Street NW,
Washington, DC 20036

Once again we will be gathering at Mackey’s to enjoy food and drink specials and to revel in another Cardinal victory.

DC Book Club Discussion
Sunday, November 14 5-8 pm
Bethesda, Md.

The DC book group will meet at the home of Kathie Krumm to discuss The Metaphysical Club by Louis Menand. The December book is The Movie Goer by Walker Percy.
For information about the group, email alisoncolew@hotmail.com.

Baltimore Book Club Discussion
Monday, November 12 7:30 pm
The Wine Market Bistro
921 East Fort Ave,
Baltimore, Md.

The Baltimore book club will meet to discuss Life of Pi, a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The UK edition won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2002. It was also chosen for CBC Radio’s Canada Reads 2003. The French translation was chosen in the French version of the contest, Le combat des livres. The novel won the 2003 Boeke Prize, a South African novel award. In 2004, it won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in Best Adult Fiction for years 2001-2003. An upcoming 3D adventure film based on the novel, directed by Ang Lee, is scheduled to be released on November 21st.

The December 10th book is The Master by Colm Toibin. Do not confuse this story with the movie of the same name. This novel was shortlisted for the 2004 Booker Prize and received the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Lambda Literary Award, the Los Angeles Times Novel of the Year Award and, in France, Le prix du meilleur livre étranger in 2005.

The January book is The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls.
RSVP to Helene Myers P’14 at cedarhouse@comcast.net, 301-655-5871

WDCSA Holiday Party
Thursday, December 6 7:00-10 pm
DACOR-Bacon House
1801 F Street, NW,
Washington, D.C.

Looking to add some cardinal red to your holiday? Please join your fellow Stanford alums to celebrate the festive season at the DACOR-Bacon House. The venue (built 1824-25) is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been home to several Supreme Court Justices, members of Congress, and a Maryland governor. The DACOR-Bacon House will be decorated for the holiday season and complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be provided. The venue is located 4 blocks from the Farragut-West Metro station (Orange and Blue lines).

Price: The advanced registration price is $8 for WDCSA members, young alumni (’08 – ’12), and guests; $12 for non-WDCSA members and guests. The price at the door is $12 for WDCSA members, young alumni (’08 – ’12), and guests; $15 for non-WDCSA members and guests. We regret that no refunds will be given after December 3.

RSVP: Please RSVP and pay online at http://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/event10689. Checks made out to WDCSA may be sent to Kevin Coyne, 900 Army-Navy Drive, #1523, Arlington, VA 22202. Please contact Kevin Coyne at
Kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.org with any questions.

Ivy Singles Holiday Party
Friday, December 7 6:30-9 pm
DACOR-Bacon House,
1801 F Street, NW,
Washington, D.C

The Ivy Singles Social Club is hosting its annual holiday party once again at the elegant and historic DACOR-Bacon House (built 1824-25), home to several Supreme Court Justices and a Maryland governor. U.S. Congressman from New York, Robert Low Bacon and his wife, Virginia Murray Bacon, lived in the house until 1980. Upon her death Virginia bequeathed the building and furnishings as a memorial to her husband.

The DACOR-Bacon House and Foundation now serve as a "place to facilitate international peace and understanding" as well as a conference and meeting place for Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired (DACOR).

Each floor of the DACOR-Bacon House will be festively decorated for the holiday season. We will feast on hot and cold hors d’oeuvres and enjoy a fine
selection of wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks from a cash bar. Consistent with our elegant surroundings, please come dressed in holiday, cocktail or business attire.

Reservations, online or snail mail: Register online, https://ycwd.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_90275 for $42, which includes a $2 processing fee.

To register by mail, send a check for $40 payable to "WDCSA" or "Washington DC Stanford Association" and mail it to: Phebe Greenwood, 504 Gaslight Drive, Richmond, Virginia 23229. Checks must be received by Monday, December 3rd. Please note your school on the memo line of the check. Walk-ins are welcome at $45; however advance reservations are strongly encouraged as space is limited.

Take the Orange/Blue Line to Farragut West. Walk 3 blocks south on 18th St. Street parking is available after 6:30 pm. Please be aware that most nearby parking garages close early. Check with the garage attendant.

For further information, contact Charlotte Perry:charmperry@gmail.com or PhebeGreenwood: phebepg@yahoo.com

Stanford In the News

  • A study by two Stanford professors shows Stanford alumni create nearly $3 trillion in economic impact each year. Companies founded by the university’s alumni generate trillions in annual revenue and have
    created 5.4 million jobs.
  • Chi-Chang Kao, an associate laboratory director at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, has been named the lab’s fifth director, succeeding Persis Drell. Kao starts in his new position Nov. 1. SLAC is operated by Stanford for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Get Involved

  • Stanford Parents’ Initiative
    The Stanford Parents’ initiative (SPI) is one of the more active groups within WDCSA. Established four years ago, SPI brings parents of current and former students together for the exchange of practical information (life on campus, travel, jobs and internships, local events, courses and majors, study abroad, etc.) in a supportive, social setting. SPI events have included a reception, a Stanford parent/docent-led tour of a Washington museum, dinner together at national Stanford events, participation in the Frosh Send-Off, etc. The two founders of SPI are stepping down. If you are interested in leading the group and/or would like more information please contact Melissa Clark P ’12 madgardenr@comcast.net or Christopher Shinkman P ’98 c.shinkman@verizon.net.

  • College Fair Representatives
    We are seeking young alums (Class of ’07-’12) to represent Stanford at college fairs in the DC/MD/VA area, encourage high school students to apply to Stanford, and answer questions about the school. If interested, please contact Ellen Huang at ellenhuang@gmail.com.

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